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Ambassador Wittig hosts dinner to commemorate November pogroms of 1938 and beginning of Kindertransport

12.10.2018 - Image gallery

On 9 October, Ambassador Peter Wittig and his wife Huberta von Voss-Wittig hosted a dinner on the occasion of the extension of the exhibition "Finchleystraße – German Artists in Exile in Great Britain and Beyond 1933 – 45" at the German House and at his Residence at 22 Belgrave Square.

The exhibition commemorates the November pogroms of 1938 and the subsequent beginning of the Kindertransport to Great Britain and has been so well received over the last couple of months that the Embassy has decided to extend it until the end of January 2019.

Finchleystraße – as bus conductors used to call out at the local Finchley Road stop – recognising the influx of German-speaking émigrés to North London during the 1930s – has been curated by Ben Uri Gallery. The exhibition focuses primarily on German-Jewish artists who had to flee Nazi-Germany – some of them as children on the Kindertransport.

On the occasion of this dinner the family members of artists whose works are on display at the exhibition came to the Embassy to join the Ambassador and his wife in paying tribute to their stories and work:

Remembering the horrific tales of murder and mayhem in Nazi Germany during and after “Kristallnacht” is now more essential than ever. In our endeavours to remember we can build less and less on the testimony of survivors, on their voices and eyewitness accounts. But for me the works of the émigré artists surrounding us open up a new form of remembrance, a remembrance of lives saved by the generosity of fellow human beings and nations.

Ambassador Wittig hosts dinner to commemorate November pogroms of 1938 and beginning of Kindertransport

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